the island of the week before: archives

category: site notes
In which there are updates on the general state of

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

We at and the blissblog have not entirely closed up shop, steadfast readers. In fact, there is a substantial redesign and subsequent relaunch in the works. In the interim, a few Christmasy links to make it official:

Did you know that the modern Christmas celebration was popularized by Dickens? I have it on reasonable authority. While you're there, read the bit about the authorship of "The Night Before Christmas" and then indulge me in a little pride of association: I took a class or two with Don Foster, the literary detective, and he's delightful.

Additionally, Making Light is delightful indeed.

07:32 PM (link)

Saturday, August 10, 2002

The recent near-constant availability of excellent conversationalists has done terrible things to my motivation to ramble at the web. May it ever be thus.

05:10 PM (link)

Saturday, July 13, 2002

Sometime in the last few months, a big swath of old posts because unassociated from their archive categories and therefore disappeared from the record. They've now been restored.

03:46 PM (link)

Saturday, April 27, 2002

I would like to direct your attention to the many new and delicious links below the search box to your right. That is all.

11:15 PM (link)

Sunday, April 14, 2002

There's a new object on Blissbat. Yum.

02:00 PM (link)

Saturday, March 23, 2002

Hallelujah, the archives have returned. I went ahead and upgraded to Moveable Type 2.0, and after a few install glitches (at least 50% directly related to me being stupid tired), everything is peachy.

It's funny, but I didn't realize how important the last year's worth of entries here are to me until I thought I'd lost them all.

Time to send Moveable Type some well-earned money and also be more diligent about making backups.

01:52 AM (link)

Friday, March 22, 2002

You may note that a lot of my archives have suddenly gone missing. I don't know why this is, but I've called on the support forum at Moveable Type for help, so I'm hoping to have it resolved soon.

01:13 PM (link)

Wednesday, March 06, 2002

Updated Persian Poetry today with some new Rumi. Yum.

06:08 PM (link)

Monday, February 11, 2002

Fishy fishy

Oh yeah, there's a new object on Blissbat.

12:47 PM (link)

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Well, that was lame.

My registrar of choice managed to delete the name servers associated with, leaving my website redirecting to their nasty, pop-up spawning "future home of my web page" page and my email stranded and probably bouncing.

I re-added the DNS, but it took the usual 24-48 hours to propagate, and the site just came back up where I am. Dotster, in the meantime, hasn't responded to any of my queries.

I'd say more and nastier things about them, but I kinda want to wait until my domains are spirited away to a safer place.

In the meantime, thanks for coming back.

08:14 PM (link)

Friday, January 04, 2002

Ze archives, ze are back. I love PHP.

04:16 PM (link)

Thursday, January 03, 2002

Oh, and there's finally a new object up at Blissbat, thanks to a guest appearance by Peter from

Go look!

04:14 PM (link)

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

I've added a few new poems and translation comparisons to Persian Poetry, so wander over if that sort of thing interests you.

01:52 PM (link)

Friday, October 19, 2001

There's a new object on blissbat. It's all weepy, and I don't care. (Buttercup is cute. Yar.) Also, the article I wrote for A List Apart is live, and it looks like I'm going to be doing more editing for ALA than I previously was.

Also, this morning I ran out the door, across the street, up the steps and into my bus without missing a stride. In addition, I woke up with good hair this morning.

Did I mention the free beer at work today?

I rule.

03:56 PM (link)

Monday, June 25, 2001

There's a new object on blissbat. It's orange and shiny and it goes boing! and it's not a muppet.

07:55 PM (link)

Wednesday, May 23, 2001

File this one under strange and unusual:

Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 17:29:12 +0530
Subject: tag this on ..

i was unable to tag-on my thoughts onto the blissblog .... i probably don't know how to !! Hence this mail, contained in which are a few lines that only you can probably release onto the site ... here goes ...

There is no escape from the net we're all contained by its ubiquity . Paradoxical I would declare !

An instance of this conundrum is indecorously publicized by a company that is fighting for its share in the cosmic sphere of the Internet.

Netscape the name alone sounds decidedly liberated. But don't be deceived by the fictitious syllables. I would rather it be identified as 'Noscope' !

Disregarding the universal laws of the Internet, of freedom, of ubiquity, of tolerance and of altruism, Netscape's rigid configuration in my opinion calls for only one action the action of Shift + Del from your system from the scheme of the future to come

go ahead .. be an explorer !


Don't get me wrong -- I have no love for Netscape 4. Netscape 4 has cost me hours of cross-browser tweaking at varous jobs. But I've never once mentioned Netscape (or IE) on blissblog...until now.

Perhaps that was the point of the indecorously cosmic paradoxical plot...?

06:47 PM (link)

Wednesday, May 09, 2001

There's a new object on blissbat. It was 95° last week, and even the weekend's cold snap hasn't pulled me out of my summer head fuzz, so the new object is all about being red and soooooft...

06:45 AM (link)

Friday, May 04, 2001

It makes me nervous when someone searches my site for "work" and "coworkers," but I guess that's part of the deal. For the record, I like my immediate coworkers quite a lot. (Even you meat-snarfing weirdos.)

That said, it's been a crazy few days at work, leading to nothing new on blissblog and an email backlog. It's finally the weekend, so the things that I've been storing in the back of my head will be trickling out over the next few days.

03:04 PM (link)

Friday, April 27, 2001

Job-work stuff exploded over the last few days, so my time's been full of meetings and conference calls and reports and decompressed evenings spent walking around, eating pasta while sitting on the living room floor, and playing Black and White.

Good stuff, overall. But I've missed siphoning off the top layer of thoughts into this site. Which is encouraging, really.

I've been craving a longer format, so expect new entries in the ramble.

07:56 AM (link)

Monday, April 16, 2001

There's a new object up on Light through water remains one of my very favorite shiny things.

(I promise that the next object will have absolutely no environmental or political implications.)

12:17 PM (link)

Friday, April 13, 2001

One of my small projects is now ready for consumption: read English translations of poetry by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi and Omar Khayyam, compare translations, and look at Edmund Dulac's original art for the Fitzgerald Rubaiyat in Persian Poetry.

11:15 AM (link)

Tuesday, April 03, 2001

As promised, the beginning of a new project about information as action. Or information as an aid to intelligent action. Or something like that.

03:08 PM (link)

Monday, April 02, 2001

It turns out that taking the weekend away from the computer is almost always a good idea. Unless something extraordinary occurs (in which case I will probably be reacting, not blogging), expect posts on weekdays only.

Funny happenings at Blogger mean that some of my posts are appearing in the fuuu-ture. And not in order. Which is kind of interesting, actually.

06:44 AM (link)

Wednesday, March 28, 2001

My web host,, seems to have taken a nosedive. The interesting thing is that when my mail server wouldn't connect, I looked at my site. Down. I looked at Peter's Pair-hosted site. Down. At that point, I assumed that it was Pair's fault.

Then I ran through my fifteen most-visited sites, and several were down, so . It turns out that notsosoft,, lukelog, and a few others are all on Pair as well.

Note: it's rather obviously back up.

11:38 AM (link)

Monday, February 05, 2001

OK, so it won't be daily until I get all the technical kinks worked out.

07:35 AM (link)